As the recent snowmelt caused surface water and rising rivers in several communities across Scotland, attention turned to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
But as the national flood forecasting, flood warning and strategic flood risk management authority, SEPA is focused on flooding all year round, and to highlight this it announced the launch of a new local Flood Warning Area in Kirkconnel.
Developed in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, it will give people who live, work and travel through the area the opportunity to benefit from advanced flood warnings – giving them time to take action to reduce the damage and disruption that flooding can cause.
The new warning area will increase the number of local flood warnings to 16 across Dumfries and Galloway.
Everyone who lives in the new area has already been sent information on how to sign up and invited along to a drop-in event hosted by SEPA and Dumfries and Galloway Council to find out more.
If you would like to sign up to Floodline to receive flood alerts or warnings for your area, log on to www.floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup or call 0345 988 1188.
SEPA works closely with communities and partner agencies. One such example is the Tweed forum-led Eddleston Water project of which SEPA is a partner. Its main aim is to reduce the risk of flooding to the local community by restoring some natural river features.
SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn, said: “SEPA works every day to help Scotland be better prepared for future increased flooding. We have all seen the devastating impact flooding can have on individuals, businesses and communities.”